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Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Do you have a flair for all things art and design, but are not sure what route to take? The answer could well be this excellent two year practical study programme, designed to help you make the right decisions about your future aspirations in art and design.

Most theory and practical sessions take place in our large open planned purpose built studio, equipped with the latest white board technology. We also have a specialist print making studio and a resources hub equipped with basic art and design materials as well as specialist equipment including cameras, sewing machines and sculptural equipment which can be loaned out.

Course content

After an introductory period where you'll develop your skills across a wide range of disciplines, you will move on to complete assignments in a whole range of specialist pathways, so you're in the best position to make the right choice about your future in art and design. 

You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of art and design to help you progress your aspirations for the future. Anyone with a strong desire to further their education and pursue a career in the creative industries is welcome to apply. Any previous art work or a portfolio is essential at interview. During the first year of the course learners have the opportunity to work in a range of different art and design disciplines including art, photography and graphic design. The variety of art and design skills learnt through a series of workshops allows learners to make an educated decision to choose what areas they may like to specialise in. Throughout the course learners are given vocational briefs which are more open to personal interpretation with specialist art and design options, supported by in depth workshops this allows learners to fully explore the specialisms of their choice. 

This is an art and design study programme with four clear pathway/specialist choices as above. The course offers students a generic start point, introduces learners to a range of ideas, materials, processes and techniques via a diagnostic phase which introduces specialist pathways in fine art, photography, and graphic design. Students will opt into one of the pathways and work in that specialism for the remainder of the course. The programme edges students chronologically towards independence and a confirmatory final major project and exhibition concludes their programme. The programme is fully supported by a comprehensive seminar and lecture programme which exposes students to generic and specialist historical and contextual references which forms a key basis for informing both studio practice and the written component of the course. 

The course is delivered through a range of assignments which have an industrial/vocational context and where possible are 'live' briefs. Building from the core units, you will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over the direction of your work. During the second year you will select specialist units and your work will become self directed. Computers offering the latest Adobe Suite programmes are available to student on all pathways.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

Grade C or above in a creative subject.


Assessment is continuous on completion of each assignment and formalised at given stages throughout the two year programme. 

The study programme consists of 18 units and you will need to pass all of them to gain the qualification. All work is assessed by the lecture team, internally verified and then externally verified by a qualified BTEC verifier each year. Your work is assessed at the end of the programme prior to the end of year exhibition and the grades submitted to the award body for approval and publication. Educational trips and visits are a feature of the course. We have large scale art and design studios in the 'purpose built' accommodation. We have both traditional and digital facilities and we are proud of our darkroom and traditional photography provision. A studio set up is available for students to undertake the photographic pathway.

Future opportunities

This course aims to prepare and provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work within the creative industries. It gives you both the qualifications and portfolio of work necessary for entry into Higher Education or our one year Diploma in Foundation Studies. It can also lead to a range of interesting and exciting employment opportunities in a variety of creative art and design settings.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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